Fox News steps even further away from its alleged existence as a “news source,” continuing to play up comments of union president James Hoffa, Jr. at an opening speech for President Barack Obama at yesterday’s Labor Day rally in Detroit, Michigan. Fox News is claiming that Hoffa was “inciting violence” by advocating Democrats and union members “take these sons of bitches out,” referring to Congressional Republicans. But, as always, the truth lays in the parts of the quote that the channel edited out of the speech rather than what they chose to highlight.
As Media Matters for America points out, the clip being used by Fox is very obviously cut, removing the remarks right before the “sons of bitches” sentence. Fox News reporters themselves are on record as admitting the full quote was “Everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back and keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong! Thank you very much!” Rather than the call to violence Fox News anchors and spokespeople are claiming, it was actually a call to vote. But that’s not stopping the propaganda machine from saying otherwise. “When a union president says ‘Let’s take these sons of bitches out’ it usually means somebody’s legs are gonna get broken, somebody’s going to disappear,” one Republican commentator argued during follow up.
And Fox is continuing to beat its edited video, asking Republicans to weigh in and Democrats to condemn it, even going as far as to criticize DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for not speaking out against Hoffa’s sentence in light of her good friend Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords nearly being assassinated.
If only they cared this much when Sarah Palin was telling Republicans “don’t retreat, reload.”
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